Education lobby group, together with the stakeholders have been challenged to target the titling of 10,000 schools this year.

Lands CS Farida Karoney made the appeal to the officials of Shule Yangu Alliance after they paid her a courtesy call at Ardhi House on Friday.

The CS asked the officials and boards of management of schools that do not have any contestation or legal issues to expedite acquisition of land titles.

The officials who were led by the body’s Campaign Manager, Ms. Florence Anaan briefed the Lands CS on the progress made, focus areas for 2018 and the challenges facing the organization’s campaign to protect public schools land from grabbers.

The Lands CS assured Shule Yangu of the Ministry’s continued support to ensure all public schools land in the country is secured.

In his remarks, the Executive Director, Transparency International who also heads the Shule Yangu Secretariat called upon the Cabinet Secretary to issue a circular to enable the implementation of the 2017 Cabinet Waiver on registration fees.

“The absence of a circular to reinforce this directive is delaying its implementation,” noted Mr. Kimeu.

The Shule Yangu Alliance team reported that from the 2016 survey, 83% of the public schools did not have titles, 55% had not been surveyed 41% were at risk of encroachment and grabbing while 14% had reported land grabbing/contestation cases.

The team appraised the meeting on the progress made through other government agencies.

This includes the establishment of Public Land Protection Desks in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the establishment on an Inter-Ministerial Legal Working Group and collaborations with Teachers Associations, including KEPSHA AND KESHA in the sensitization on tilting and protection of schools.

The Shule Yangu campaign brings together stakeholders from the govt, public and private sectors to accelerate protection of public schools’ land.

They include Ministry of Education, NLC, ISK and the Lands Ministry.

The meeting was attended by among others Lands CAS, Mr. Gideon Mung’aro and Lands PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.

This article was first published by The Sun Weekly on Tuesday March 12, 2018.

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